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January 9, 2007

Albany --  A warning to young people who drink and the businesses who serve them. Albany police say they're out to get you.

During a weekend zero tolerance sweep, APD and code enforcement officers busted a dozen bars and restaurants. They say more operations are coming.

Officers investigated a total of eighteen businesses, citing 12 of those sites for underage drinking and ABC card violations. Some of the businesses cited included Hooter's, Boxers, AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar, and Downtown Live.  

At the House of Jazz on West Highland Avenue, police arrested 24-year-old Kwantavius Hall during the late-night sweep. He's charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute and parole violation.

Police chief James Younger plans to continue these zero tolerance sweeps. "One of our goals is to get compliance and primarily we're seeking the efforts and the assistance of these business owners to help us enforce the ABC laws, particularly underage drinking, that's one of our biggest concerns," says Chief Younger.

In a news conference Tuesday, police said they also plan to target curfew violators. Anyone under 18 isn't supposed to be out past midnight on weekends and 11 PM on weekdays, except under certain circumstances. Violators can be fined up to $500 and receive jail time.

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